Community First: Landcare in Australia

Campbell, A. (1994) Community First: Landcare in Australia. Gatekeeper Series No 42, International Institute for Environment and Development.. p. 19.

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In Australia, a grass-roots revolution called ‘landcare’ has turned land conservation extension on its head. Close to two thousand voluntary community landcare groups are working to develop more sustainable systems of land use, supported by a national ten year funding programme. This paper introduces landcare in Australia as a community-based approach to the development of more sustainable ways of using the land. It is not easy to define landcare or even to draw its boundaries. Landcare is not really an extension programme at all in the sense of a system of planned interventions with discrete objectives. Rather, landcare blends elements of community and environmental education, action research and participatory planning to tackle a range of environmental and production issues in a tremendous diversity of bio-physical and administrative environments. Policy makers are reacting to on-ground developments, rather than precipitating action in a strategic way.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: RP-9043
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Daneti Raju
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2015 03:54
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2015 03:54

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